Even the bride with the best intentions can have a bad day. (Hopefully it won’t happen on the “big” day!) Still, we’re all human and things go wrong, even after weeks or months of planning. Take the time I baked a wedding cake that toppled less than an hour before the wedding. Yep, you read that right. I baked a gorgeous four-tiered cake for a friend’s wedding. Left it at the reception hall then drove about ten miles away to the chapel where the ceremony was held. Came back to the reception hall to discover that my cake had gone missing. It had fallen. All four layers, tumbled down onto the table.
The folks at the facility had rescued most of it, but only the bottom two layers were intact, and they were missing frosting. Thank goodness I’d brought extra. I pieced together something that vaguely resembled a cake, then made my apologies to the bride (who was very gracious), and contemplated jumping off of the nearest bridge. My daughters encouraged me to calm down and face the guests with a smile. I did my best. Thank goodness, the cake tasted amazing. Everyone said so. Then again, they might’ve said that to make me feel better. It did make me feel better, though.
When I craft my romance stories, I always make sure the characters are as flawed as I am. They make huge mistakes, (like ruining weddings, etc.) Why? Because we’re all messed up, folks! (Hate to burst your bubble, but it’s true!)
In my novel ANGEL INCOGNITO, the main character (Angelina Fuentes) can’t get anything right. She’s a reporter for a Los Angeles news station, hot on the trail of an identity theft ring. On the hunt for info, she finds herself in a dumpster, digging through old boxes of Chinese food for information. While there, she meets her love interest, a trash man. (I know, I know! You didn’t think I could get away with using a trash man as a hero, did you? Neither did I, but my publisher let me!) Poor Angelina. . .she can’t tell Peter who she really is. That would give away her secret that she’s a reporter. So, he assumes she’s homeless. And thus, begins a wacky, sordid tale that (of course) leads to love, laughter and happily ever afters.
If you haven’t checked out ANGEL INCOGNITO, you will find it in the LOVE, L.A. STYLE collection. This is a story filled with light-hearted elements and even a bit of intrigue.